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Old 07-14-2020, 05:25 PM   #1
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Isabella, 2003 Blue Bird TC/2000

20 years of waiting, but we have our bus.

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Old 07-14-2020, 05:46 PM   #2
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That looks just like mine! Well mine looks like more of a mess right now. Congratulations.

Wine is a Cummins 5.9 24 valve. Allison 2000 transmission. Plenty of power. But the wheel wells limit your design choices.
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Old 07-14-2020, 06:46 PM   #3
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20 years of waiting, but we have our bus.

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Good looking rig! Very nice. What have you planned for her?
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Old 07-14-2020, 08:52 PM   #4
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Lots of things. Many, many things...
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Old 07-14-2020, 09:23 PM   #5
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How to make a very quick camping rig

I intend to build Isabella into a very capable, comfortable long distance traveling vehicle. But first, let's play with her and have some fun...

Day one, Isabella comes home. (June 22)

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Day 5, take out most of the seats:

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Old 07-14-2020, 09:29 PM   #7
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Day 6, build Dinette, Kitchen counter, and hang a hammock:

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Old 07-14-2020, 09:33 PM   #8
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Day 13, paint almost the whole bus in white and light green with a roller and brushes, so she says "camper" more than "I was hauling schoolkids around three months ago"

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Old 07-14-2020, 09:44 PM   #9
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Day 14:

Throw the rest of our camping gear in, and go on a four-day trip into the mountains in North Caroline, 5,400 feet above sea level. Sleep dry in thunderstorms, and just about freeze at night, in July. Get real used to driving in tight spots and up and down crazy steep hills. Drive down through South Carolina for the heck of it. 650 miles on 35 gallons or so of diesel, 75 MPH on the interstate easy.

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Needs A.C. and a private crapper, otherwise perfect.
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Old 07-14-2020, 11:14 PM   #10
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Day 14:

Throw the rest of our camping gear in, and go on a four-day trip into the mountains in North Caroline, 5,400 feet above sea level. Sleep dry in thunderstorms, and just about freeze at night, in July. Get real used to driving in tight spots and up and down crazy steep hills. Drive down through South Carolina for the heck of it. 650 miles on 35 gallons or so of diesel, 75 MPH on the interstate easy.

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Needs A.C. and a private crapper, otherwise perfect.
Well Hot Damn!
Day 14 and you're cruising the country side.
Congrats to you on a great looking bus and the lets get going attitude.
Awesome.
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Old 07-15-2020, 05:42 AM   #11
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You're getting 18 mpg?
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Old 07-15-2020, 08:20 AM   #12
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Somehow, yes. Right now she's practically an empty shell so not very heavy, no water tanks and not much in the way of cabinetwork...
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Old 07-15-2020, 10:46 AM   #13
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I had a '63 Chevy that seemed to be getting unbelievably good mileage. It turned out that the vent valve in the gas cap was stuck shut and the fuel pump was trying to suck the tank into the carb.
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Old 07-26-2020, 11:53 AM   #14
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I had a '63 Chevy that seemed to be getting unbelievably good mileage. It turned out that the vent valve in the gas cap was stuck shut and the fuel pump was trying to suck the tank into the carb.
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I don't understand. You saying it was running on fumes?
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